West Ham United are close to agreeing terms with Manuel Lanzini about a new long-term contract, according to Sky Sports.
The Argentina international’s current deal comes to an end next summer, with the Hammers holding an option to extend that by two years.
However, the club are keen to set up a deal that will keep him at London Stadium past 2022. It is believed that significant progress has been made in recent weeks and the club are confident their number 10 will sign a deal soon.
Lanzini has an average WhoScored rating of 7.28 from his first three games this season, including a Man of the Match performance against Brighton & Hove Albion – a game in which he got the assist for West Ham’s only goal.
He also won a penalty in the opening minutes of the 3-1 win against Watford, as Abdoulaye Doucoure fell for his drop of the shoulder, with Mark Noble converting the spot-kick.
Lanzini has been a brilliant creative outlet for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, as he has averaged 3.3 key passes and 2.7 dribbles, while also being fouled once per game.
In addition, he has completed 87.7% of all the passes he has made – a number which is especially impressive when it is considered how progressive he is in his play,
Perhaps there may have been some reservations at the beginning of the season as to whether he should be offered a big new contract, as he missed a large amount of the campaign through injury.
However, he has given little reason for anyone to doubt him this time around and has made it clear that he can be an integral part of Pellegrini’s side and deserves a new contract.
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